Use the Media Lab at the Grimsby Public Library any time during open hours. All equipment and software is free to use. If you need help using any of the equipment or software, please ask staff for assistance. You can make a 3D printed object, scan old slides and negatives, compose a picture using the green screen, or make all kinds of other useful and creative things.

Media Lab menu

Click below to check out the full list of Media Lab items:

Equipment

Epson DS-50000 Scanner (Large flatbed)

Epson Perfection V500 Scanner (Document, slide, and negative scanner)

Green Screen

iMac Computer

Makerbot 3D Printer

Microfilm Reader and Scanner

Philips VHS/DVD recorder

Softbox Lighting Kit

Wacom Tablet

Software

3D object creation software

Adobe Creative Suite (iMac only)

MakerWare software

Microsoft Office

PDF converting and editing software

PhotoKey Lite Green Screen Software (iMac only)

VHS to DVD software

3D printing

Print a 3D object using our 3D printer. Using an eco-friendly, corn-based, biodegradable plastic filament, 3D printing works by heating up the filament and extruding it through a mechanism that builds the object in layers.

How to 3D print

  1. Use the 3D printer computer in the Media Lab to visit www.thingiverse.com and search for an object to print.
  2. Download the file into the 3D printing software to adjust the size and settings, and start printing.

The larger and more complex the object, the longer it takes to print. See the 3D printing guidelines available at the library for more detailed instructions, or ask staff to get you started.

Green screen

Create fun photos, holiday cards, and more by using our green screen to superimpose yourself onto a background of your choice. The green screen software allows you edit the photo and download the finished product. Save your image to a USB stick or email it to yourself.

How to use the green screen

  1. Bring a digital camera from home or use the Library's to take a picture in front of the green screen in the Children's Area of the Library.
  2. Connect the camera to our iMac and upload your picture into the green screen software.
  3. Find a background online, or use one of the saved photos, and upload that as well.
  4. Use the software to position yourself in a good spot, and then save your image.

See the green screen guidelines available at the library for more detailed instructions, or ask staff to get you started.

Scanning slides and negatives

Scan old slides and photo negatives to make high-resolution digital copies using our Epson V500 scanner. You can save your scans to a USB or email the files to yourself. The scanner is available on a first-come-first-serve basis, there is no booking required. See the scanning guidelines available at the library for more detailed instructions, or ask staff to get you started.

VHS to DVD transferring

Transfer old home movies from VHS tape to DVD using our VCR/DVD player and Honestech software. The equipment is used on a first-come-first-serve basis, there is no booking required. Bring the tape you wish to transfer and the Library will supply you with a blank disc. See the VHS to DVD guidelines available at the library for more detailed instructions, or ask staff to get you started.

Media Lab funding

The Grimsby Public Library thanks the Government of Ontario for its support, and for the grant to make the Media Lab possible.

 

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